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No, you should not expect to keep company-purchased equipment. This was paid for by the company, not by you personally, so it belongs to your employer, not to you. It doesn't matter that it was for your health needs. The desk can be easily re-used by another employee after you leave.


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You realise most people here would kill for a one hour interview that resulted in a job offer the next day, right?! That's great! I'd figured there be some follow-up interviews where we can go more in depth of my coding abilities and system architects logic. IMHO, I'm glad more companies are actually moving away from this style of all-day really in-depth ...


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Regarding the first question, "is it legal?" questions should always be posted on Law SE, not here. As for your LinkedIn account, LinkedIn has the ability to change your email address associated with your account. It should be in your profile settings somewhere. You should change that.


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Interviews serve two purposes, both very important. One is for the employer to assess whether you are a good person for the job. The other is for you to assess whether you want to work for the employer. A one-hour many-on-one interview isn't a great way for you to make your assessment, as you know. You can say to the hiring manager something like "Thanks ...


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Please don't judge the organization based on a group email from Human Resources! They probably have a new-hire checklist they're following. They probably have a few-years-old email message they send to everybody. They, almost certainly, did not write this email and have superficial knowledge (if that) of what it contains. Plus, they mentioned "topics ...


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Update your linkedin profile IMMEDIATELY, report possible fraud to them. Change the email from your work email to a private one. Get a lawyer to send a cease and desist order to your previous employer. Ask your lawyer about identity theft and criminal impersonation charges. Also ask your lawyer if you're permitted to reach out to the clients.


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should I stay silent? Yes, if it doesn't involve you, don't get involved. There is no benefit to replying unless asked directly.


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Do you also plan to take the computer, monitor, phone, etc with you? The answer to your question is likely the same for them. It's equipment purchased by the company for the purpose of you doing your job. I have a 43" monitor on my desk and a pair of $200 noise cancelling headphones. I'd sure love to take both with me on my last day in 2 days. But ...


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Reputation is everything, guard it jealously. Just because you are on the way out of this job doesn't mean the accusation ends with your notice period. An accusation this serious can haunt you throughout your industry, especially in some industries where connections are important, mobility is high, and people tend to circulate throughout the industry. ...


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Talk to your boss immediately and begin job searching now You have just learned a very important, and unflattering fact about your new company. Namely, they don't want to hire you right now. I know you're excited about the new position, but take a long hard look at your new company. This is probably a place you DO NOT want to work. The rest of this ...


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First step should be to talk with your manager. Explain to them what you have explained to us here and state your wish to get more programming work. Assuming that your manager agrees with your wish, ask them how long it will take them to transition your role fully back to programming (a transition period of one or two months seems reasonable to me, but you ...


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Company owns your email address (for example natasha.nice@yourcompany.com ) so they could theoretically re-use it, however impersonating someone (especially to obtain financial gain) is strictly forbidden in most civilized societies. For example , in US it amounts to a criminal fraud. I advise you to write polite but firm letter to your former company, ...


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Check that the "multi billion dollar finance company" is actually your formal employer I am not sure where you are located, but here in Canada, there are a variety of companies pitching jobs at with "billion dollar companies" like "Morgan Stanley" or "RBC" or "Citigroup" which are not genuinely jobs at those companies, but rather contract positions. I got ...


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What the polite way to ask if my salary will be increased when I start a new role or after 6 months of new role? Just ask. It would be better if you had asked about this during your one-on-one meeting, but it's not too late. Something like: "I just realized that I forgot to ask if this new position comes with a raise? If so, would that raise happen ...


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Having been vetted for security clearance and passing a one hour conference can in some cases be pretty normal - especially if they're in need of a particular skill. I got hired to one of my nicest jobs in a similar fashion (basically a team of 20 people eating pizza and interviewing me). I don't really understand from your post what you are worried that ...


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Does doing double job counts as double experience? TL;DR - No. To elaborate, in most of the cases, the required year of experience is required to measure the exposure of someone into different phases / scopes / activities / responsibilities of the job, not only the amount of time spend doing the same thing. For example, a software / IT professional with 5-...


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The company surely wouldn't share your resignation letter with the remaining employees. Writing an open letter to the remaining employees is a sure fire way to burn bridges, create animosity, and potentially damage whatever relationships you have left at this company. It seems to me that your real motivation is to exact some kind of "karmic" revenge on the ...


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The places where I have worked with a smart, competent, motivated and functional team have typically employed LESS whiteboarding/tests/various interview shenanigans. My own theory on this is that knowledgeable technical people are able to identify others with appropriate proficiency just by asking them pertinent questions. There seems to be a direct ...


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But it is so commonplace, I wonder is it okay? This is a completely wrong action, and not okay in any way. The only possible reasons that your coworkers have been able to get away with this behavior is that either their organization is not following proper ethical conduct, or the organization is not able to enforce the policies properly. This kind of ...


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Should I respond to a sabotage accusation e-mail at work? You are serving your notice period and you say that you have done nothing wrong and are not responsible for the sabotage. If this is the case, I would not bother responding to the email. You gain nothing by engaging in a back and forth with your accuser during your last days. I would stay silent. ...


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I am going to be the dissenting voice here. I had this experience. I interviewed with a government contractor doing software. Just met with one or two people and got an offer. High paying offer. It was one of the worse places I have worked. We had people that were so bad they wouldn't even bill them to the contract and it still took them forever to ...


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As others already stated, these items are company property unless some unusual law is applicable, or you paid for it, either directly or as a deduction from salary. That said, if you believe such item would not benefit any further employee, it is OK to ask if the company is willing to sell it to you. For example, headphones and microphones that are hard to ...


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I have done this for a few decades now, especially when changing countries, which is the norm for me (companies are reluctant to pay expenses for me to fly for interview, often intercontinental). Normally, the team lead spends 29 minutes explaining the project and then comes the interview - "do you think that you can help us?". Two points to note: I have *...


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Talk to your boss about it. Tell him that your start date has been delayed by an as of yet undisclosed amount of time, and ask whether you can stick around for another week or two. Whether they agree or not depends on a lot of variables, but you stand to lose nothing by simply asking. In the mean time I would contact your new employers and tell them that ...


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So they want you to give up a job without the reassurance of future employment. The sensible course of action is to say no. You do have rent to pay etc...


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If you're unhappy with your current responsibilities, and want to get back to what you were doing before, there are a few things you might consider: Talk with your manager. Express you desire to spend most of your time working on software. Ask for a way to transition your responsibilities to something like 80% programming, 20% other tasks. Talk with ...


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An interview is a two-way street, allowing the company to evaluate a potential employee, but also allowing the applicant to evaluate a potential employer. I have never walked into a job interview with total certainty that I'd take a job if offered - how could I without knowing if the offer is any good? There is no reason to bring up the fact that you might ...


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So if you tell, you don't get the job. Possibly no job at all anywhere. Assuming you want or need a job, telling is never a feasible option. Also you have to consider that your partner is unlikely to find a job immediately, so you can round it up to ~10-12 months. Is it unethical? Well, in general it's not because you never know how long you'll really stay....


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Should I be concern on how they did their interviewing process or am I just overthinking it? You are overthinking it. I once had an interview which was over before I had finished my coffee (took the job) and I once gotten an offer while walking back from the interview to my car (did not take the job). My previous job I landed after a more "normal" process (...


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This depends on who paid for the item in question. If your employer bought it for you, they get to keep it. If you paid it yourself, or if you received a grant from your health insurance, retirement insurance or some other agency (this is possible e.g. in Germany, to enable you to continue to work, referred to as "Zuschuss zu Hilfsmittel am Arbeitsplatz"), ...


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